THE NEWSLETTER OF THE GREENVILLE ATARI COMPUTER ENTHUSIASTS
MEETING: SEPTEMBER 15th
DOORS OPEN AT 7:00pm
GRIER MEMORIAL ARP CHURCH
I want to thank the people who took
part in last months meeting- I know
we had some problems and I appreciate
your efforts THANKS ! \ - CA special
thanks to Craig Tompkins who did a
good job in the face of adversity-)
As for this month, Kevin
Kingsmore is going to show us PC
Ditto, The IBM Emulator for the
ST. Also ED Culbertson is going to
show us BALANCE OF POWER by Mind sc ape.
This program is about f Geopolitics in
the Nuclear Age. 11 What did you say'? 11
And for the E-bit, Doug Slagh is going
to take us on a trip to the stars.
Doug is going to demo Planetarium,
Atari's new astronomy program.
We're also going to open the floor
for a question and answer time. So if
you have any thing you would like to
sh are or an y questions you wou Id 1 i k e
to ask, bring t h em with you t o the
meet i ng .
Also we’ll have the disk librarians
tell us what they have on there disk
of the month. REMEMBER the cost is
$2. 00 for 8 -bit and $3.00 for 16-bit
disks (non members $1.00 additional
So join us Tuesday, September 15th at
the Grier memorial ARP Church
“ellowship Hall, Meeting begins at
7:00; program starts at 7; 30.
Donal d Shoe kl ey T
As most of you know the clubs
BBS went bye-bye recently. This was
the topic of the recent Board of
Directors meeting. The Board felt
that this was a major plus for the
To repair the BBS it would cost
approximately $500, This would
provide the same configuration that
has given us so much trouble. (I
commend Gene Funderburk for keeping
the BBS up and running through these
pr obi ems . >
The Board di scussed a number of
ideas and decided that it wou I d best
be left Ltp to the members- There is
a poll on page 6 of this newsletter
that gives the options open to the
club concerning the BBS. Please take
the time to fill it out, or call Mary
Ann Terminate or me with your opinion
so the Board can take action.
Another matter involves the c 1 Lib
database. It is outdated and needs
updating badly. Please fill in the
questionnaire on the bottom of page 6
and give if to Mary Ann or me- The
last questions deal with your
willingness to help this club. The
nominating committee will be asking
for people to help- let them know you
want to help,
E d Cu 1 b e r t s on
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The September Di sk-of-t he-Mont h
will be a two-sided disk once
again. Some of the files are
in the . ARCed format, so you
will need ARCX 12 t o extract
these files. There are also
some TurboBASIC files that
require TurboBASIC as well as
the TurboBASIC: RUNTIME, COM
Here's a list of programs on
this month's disk:
Hap p y 1 050 to all ow t h e drive
to write as well as read at
warp speed. Should be set up
in a STARTUP. BAT file.
7. AUTORUN. CTB - A menu program
for use with TurboB ASIC's
RUNTIME.COM file. Be sure to
have then RUNTIME.COM file on a
disk (rename to AUTORUN. SYS > ,
and this file. A menu will
display all compiled TurboBASIC
files with the . CTB extender
and all ow you t o sei ec t wh i c h
one to run.
1. HANGMAN. ARC - A Hangman game
with an editor that will allow
you to en t er your own wor ds .
2. E 2 TYPE. ARC - A utility that
will al 1 ow you to set up
one— key mac r os that will
execute a string of
2. RAMD78XL.ARC - A file that
should be renamed to
RAMDISK.COM for 256/320 K
ISOXE's. This will create a
D7; and D8: ramdisk. I had a
problem getting DOS 2.5 to
format disks with this
modification, but it may have
been due to the drive I was
using. Disks formatted with
unmodified DOS 2.5 and then
having RAMDISK.COM copied to it
4. NFLANY32. ARC — The same type
of program as was on last
month's disk, but this time for
the NFL teams instead of
c ol 1 ege.
5. DI SKI NDX . ARC - A disk
indexing p r og r am . You i n p ut
your own comments instead of
choosing from a predefined list
of descriptions as on previous
disk indexing programs.
6. SETFABT.COM - A short file
to be used with BpartaDOS and a
8. SNAKBYTE. BAB - An Atari
BASIC game that challenges your
reflex speed. The object is to
collect the venom without
hitting the men, walls, or
yourself. Watch out for the
moving object. If it contacts
your head, you loose a life.
After collecting the required
amounts of venom the trap door
opens allowing you to go to the
next 1 evel .
9. BINGO. TUR - A bingo game
written in TurboBASIC (but not
compiled). Will randomly
c boose number s to cal 1 out , or
all ow you to pr i nt out bi ngo
cards on a printer.
10. X AGON. OBJ - A machine
1 anguage game similar to
Q*Bert. Starts slowly on the
first level, but gets
inc rea si ngl y harder!
11. TWENTY 1. BAS - An Atari
BASIC game of twenty one.
12. D00MSTAR. CTB - Destroy the
enemy fighters in the trench of
the Dooms tar.
13. TURBDLST . CTB - A compiled
TurboBASIC utility t o
list /print text files on the
Star SG-10 printer.
14. FROL 1ST. CTB - A compiled
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TurboBASIC utility to print
program listings on a printer.
15. BBKARTST . OBJ — A machine
language drawing program with
over 25 different commands to
choose from the drawing menu.
F r om Anal og #56 -
That pretty muc h fills up t h e
disk for this month, I would
like t o thank Jeff Edwards for
his contribution of a 2-sided
disk full of Print Shop icons.
There are 240 icons on this
disk? ? ! These are already in
Print Shop format and are ready
t o 1 oa d in t o the Pr i n t Sh op
program. There are some very
nice icons on this disk. There
will be copies available at the
meeting. See you there!
RAM b lings
TALK HARDWARE TO HE
ATARI announced a new, fast
5 1/4" disk dri ve f or the XE
line. It will come with a new
DOS that is downward
compatible. That is it can
read disks written in DOS 2.0
or 2.5 format.
There has al so been much ado
about the XE game machine
(sigh). Basically it’s a Miami
vice 1 oo king 65 X E with some
attachments such as a light
gun. Mass retailers are
excited about it and maybe it
will bring about some increased
software availability for the
XE line because it is
compatible. However, I
seriously doubt that it will do
anything positive for
8-b i t p r od uc t i v i t y so f t war e .
The MEbA ST 2 and 4 have
been released in Europe with
the blitter chip and a new TOS.
There is an internal fan and
some extra po pouts for adding
an optional second hard disk
controller and an external
expansion bus. By the way, I
have read that ATARI has tried
to insure that all current ST
programs will run with the
blitter and new TDS. Only time
wi 1 1 tell ,
I CD has announced that they
have developed some ST hard
drives. The drives have a
built in clock and interfaces
for daisy chaining your old
hard drives, slave hard drives,
tape backups or Bernoulli
b o x es . The uni t s c ome i n 20 ,
30 or 40 megabyte
con f i gur at ions.
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
X can't believe what's
happened to the price of
printers. Most of the best dot
matrix printers can now be
purchased for well b e 1 ow $200 ,
some for less than $150. If
you don't have a p r 1 n t er or i f
you've been thinking about
buying a new one, now may be
the best time ever,
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NEWS page s'
NOT MY LEG YOU DON’T
Have you heard the rumors
! about a new computer that is
Rusust 18, 1937 '
' under development* It is based
! on an entirely new type of
; memory called IBM and a new
The meeting was called to
operating system called COS*
attention by John Disher at 7 = 3(2 PM.
It also sports an output port
that no other computer has, not
Rhett Bryson save us a short
even the ST* ISM is short for
review of a new pros ram for the ST
Infinitely Selective Memory*
called D Basic* The program is
ISM allows for the addressing !
free, but the manual* which Rhett
of an infinite amount of facts !
describes as humorous? costs $45.00*
and is reported to be mind
The basic is said to be extremely
) boggling- COS, which stands
fast and compi 1 es as you so* It
for Covert Operation System,
does not support GEM, has no special :
utilizes a user interface
features (except speed)? no run-time
called Residual which was
package and not cowpat i b le w i th j
developed in Switzerland. It
: is supposed to be very j
i power f ul .
Kevin Kinssmore discussed a new
I understand however, that
1040 ST that will hook up to a TV '
there are a few problems* ISM I
and a 520 ST FM that has a built in j
has a habit of losing critical
disk dr i ve.
areas of memory at a moments
notice and COS has been known
Craig Tompkins did an admirable
to ignore wnat tne user wants
Job of reviewing TOUCHDOWN FOOTBPi_L
and set up operations of its ,
although the program would not toad
own using Residual. I have
on the club’s computer* The cost of
also heard that the only device
the program is $1 4. 95 and seemed to
that currently works correctly
be a very realistic simulation.
with the new port is a paper
Crais felt it was worth the money? j
shr edder .
when it would load- Thanks? Craig? :
The price has not been set |
for hanging in there and carrying on
but the company's motto is 11 The
in a i ess- than -great situation.
Buc k Stops Here" so expect it
to be very expensive. j
Kevin Kingsmore gave us some
CAN YOU COUNT TO TWELVE IN
highlights of PC DITTO? which sells
for $B3. 95 and wilt run most IBM
programs* He seemed to be Pleased
The winner of this month * s
with its Performance arid hopes to
demo it for us soon.
CHIPPIE Award for "The Best :
; Magazine in a Highly Erratic
Another highlight of the
! Series" is ANALOG Computing*
even i ns came from Kev i ri when he |
In case you didn't notice.
demonstrated COMPUTE REYES for the j
the previous issue of ANALOG
ST* T he program se t 1 s f o r arou n d
magazine had July/August on the
$249.00" and if you have never seen
cover. No explanation, just
it demonstrated? you are truly
July/August. They didn't even
missing out* The results were very
send me two copies of the
good? and on the screen (in my
September issue to make up for
opinion) almost Photographic
i t .
Quality* We did have some fun i
moving around and creating many
1 "wi id and crazy" results. ^
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Ws had a few minutes left at
the end of the Program at which time
Kevin showed us some new Programs
avai l ab i e for the ST. They were
BARBARIAN, CHESS MASTER 2000,
HARDBALL, and SPACE SHUTTLE. For
more information on these programs,
Well, that’s about it for this
month. If you were there, I am sure
you got your money’s and time’s
worth. If you were not there, we (
can’t be held responsible, but we do
m i ss you and we do need you. Come
on back. These reviews are
l- ®’ 1 tain I y not as sood as the rea l
thins. Ask anybody.
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